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  • Shocks and Struts

    Your vehicles suspension system, despite being one of the more important elements, is often the most overlooked during routine inspections.  Typically, you can see or feel if a part of your vehicle is not working properly.  With your suspension system, problems tend to happen gradually, and you may not notice until it becomes a big issue.

    Shocks (shock absorbers) are what keep your wheels in contact with the road, improving your ability to take a corner, brake and overall ride control.  Struts combine your shocks and springs into one unit, and are a structural part of the vehicle.

    Your shocks should be replaced around 30,000 miles, while your struts should be replaced around 50,000.  Of course, there are other variables that may cause wear and tear sooner or later, so to be safe, it’s recommended that your shocks and struts be checked every 12,000 miles.

    Below are some self-testing tips from the Automotive Accessories Connections to help you determine if your vehicle’s system is being worn down:

    Worn shocks and struts not only affect the ride comfort and control of your vehicle, but can affect its braking effectiveness, too. Here is a good self test to check for signs of worn shocks or struts:

    • Do you experience excessive bounce (3 or more bounces) when crossing an intersection or dip?
    • When stopping quickly, does your vehicle rock back and forth several times?
    • While applying your brakes firmly at higher speeds, does your vehicle have a tendency to drift left or right?
    • When changing lanes quickly does your vehicle rock or sway from side to side?
    • On a tight curve like a freeway ramp, does your vehicle lean and sway giving it an uneasy and disconnected feeling?

    For more information on shocks, struts, and other mechanical service your car might need, you’re always welcome to stop in to any one of our 57 retail locations, or chat with our Call Center!

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